Pokémon Sword (Japanese: ポケットモンスター ソードPocket Monsters Sword) and Pokémon Shield (Japanese: ポケットモンスター シールドPocket Monsters Shield) are the primary paired versions of Generation VIII. The games were released on the Nintendo Switch worldwide on November 15, 2019 for both retail sale and download. All copies of the game are playable in nine languages: Japanese, English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese.
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So, you are this 10 year old kid who can finally get a Pokémon, but your friend, Hop says his bro, aka the champion, Leon is coming over to his place to visit, so you go with him and you get a Pokémon, yay! So you go to town to get a Pokedex and move on, you go to the professor's house and find a wishing star which will turn into a dynamax band, then you get on a train, but oh no, Wooloo! You cannot get to Motostoke, at least not on the train. You go through the wild area and sign up for the Gym Challenge. You also meet another rival, Marnie! Now you gotta go to each gym and get a badge, but before you get a gym badge you meet another rival! Bede! Get those gyms done and boom, you get on a train, this is where it gets juicy, then you are soon in Wyndon and go to the quarter-finals and face the rivals, except Bede, he was kicked out, then you have dinner with Leon, but he does not show up! You have to find a employee and get his key-card to get in the Rose Tower. Then you do a few battles. Then you see Rose and Leon talking to each other, but you shrug it off, in the semi-finals, you face off against three of the gym leaders, but Bede cuts in for a final battle, then the final match, you versus Leon. But Rose releases the Darkest Day, a historic event in the Galar Region, you have to stop Rose in Hammerlocke, then you battle the third legendary, Eternatus, but you have to battle Eternamax Eternatus, then back to the final match, you beat Leon, you are now the champion of Galar!
A wild new adventure with Pokémon!
You can battle to be the best!
Carve a path to the future!Sw/Protect the world from disaster!Sh
Known as the Gym Challenge, Gyms that the player must battle with the goal of becoming the Champion will return to the games, after being replaced by trials in Pokémon Sun and Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. The challenge culminates in the annual Champion Cup tournament where the player may challenge the Champion.
Dynamax is a new type of transformation that allows any Pokémon from the Galar region to power up and become larger using the Dynamax Band. After Dynamaxing, a Pokémon can use a Max Move.
Gigantamax is a special phenomenon that also changes the appearance of a few individuals of certain species of Pokémon. Like Dynamaxing, the Pokémon is increased in power and becomes bigger. A Gigantamax Pokémon can use a G-Max Move.
Pokémon Sword and Shield can connect with Pokémon HOME. This allows it to store and receive Pokémon from Pokémon HOME, including Pokémon from previous generations that were transferred into Pokémon HOME. However, only Pokémon in the Galar regional Pokédex and the listed "foreign" species can be transferred to Pokémon Sword and Shield. The list of compatible foreign species is expected to expand in conjunction with the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass releases.
Additionally, several moves from past core releases cannot be used or learned in Sword and Shield. If a Pokémon knowing any of these moves is migrated into Sword or Shield, it will not be able to use these moves in battle; the moves' description will also recommend that these moves be forgotten.
Pokémon Sword and Shield received positive reviews among release. IGN rated the games a 9.3/10, praising the simple battling system and Dynamaxing, but criticizing the basic graphics and lack of a full Pokédex.
The games sold 6 million units in their launch weekend.
Expansion passes for The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra are now available for purchase, and show in the X menu. Two outfits have also been added to the game as a pre-order bonus, and can be redeemed via Mystery Gift code.